Great Lakes granted subsidy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday its selection of Great Lakes Aviation to continue providing essential air service at Clovis with the expectation of increasing passenger volume, according to documents. Great Lakes will receive a federal subsidy of $2.36 million annually for air service at Clovis and Silver […]

Environment must be protected by law

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Last week, in this column, I wrote about my recent trip back to Western Pennsylvania, and specifically mentioned the day I spent at Lake Erie. This lake is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and is subject to sudden and dangerous storms. I have actually had the dubious privilege of being […]

Great Lakes lands deal

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Blake Prather leaves the podium Thursday after talking about an alternative site to the proposed ethanol plant at the City Commission meeting. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission voted 6-2 at Thursday’s meeting to recommend Great Lakes Aviation to continue providing the city’s air service to […]

Local Roundup: Hearing to evaluate new Novak evidence

CNJ staff The Air Force reopened an Article 32 hearing in the case of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of killing his wife in 2004, according to Cannon officials. The hearing, which begins today, will evaluate new testimony and evidence in the case, officials said. Airman Edward Novak II was charged with premeditated […]

Second flight around

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Two months and another round of bids — including enhanced service by one competitor — hasn’t changed the minds of the Clovis Civil Aviation Board. The City Commission subcommittee recommended in a 4-1 vote Monday that Great Lakes Aviation be awarded a federal contract to provide local air service. […]

Letters to the Editor: Global warming poses heated threat

I have to respond to Brett Johnson’s column, “Take doomsayers with grain of dust” from April 15. Yes, I did know snow was expected on March 30 (and ice and snow on more recent weekends.) Our local weather forecasters keep me well informed and I appreciate their efforts. As for Johnson’s warning of doomsayers, I […]

Great Lakes debate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Flights between Clovis and Albuquerque are up in the air. The U.S. Department of Transportation chose to provide federally subsidized flights between Clovis and Denver under its essential air service program, despite the wishes of the Clovis City Commission, which favored flights between Clovis and Albuquerque. Clovis residents will […]

Superfund settlement back in area hands

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A cash settlement for environmental damage should be used to restore playa lakes in Curry County, rather than to restore lakes in Roswell, according to a state and federal draft obtained Tuesday by Clovis officials. The newly endorsed plan would give Curry County landowners incentives to protect playa lakes […]

Great Lakes wins city’s favor

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Pacific Wings CEO Frank Ford gives a presentation Thursday at the City Commission meeting on why Clovis should choose his airline. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer City commissioners said constituent wishes guided their Thursday endorsement of Great Lakes Aviation as the city’s air service provider. Their recommendation the Wyoming-based […]

Financial solvency of airline questioned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Great Lakes Aviation recently settled overdue rent payments with Boeing Capital Corp., but the airline still owes more than $10 million to Raytheon Aircraft Co., according to documents Great Lakes filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Clovis Civil Aviation Board Chairman Roger Hatcher said he does not […]